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The Difference Between Stainless Steel, CleanSteel and Silver Mist

by Steve Sheinkopf

Stainless steel has been the finish of choice for home appliances for many years now, far surpassing the old standards of black, white, and the oh so popular bisque finish.

From high-end designer kitchens to quick renovations, stainless steel has been the choice. When stainless steel prices increased 10 years ago, manufacturers started producing a less expensive stainless looking option like GE with CleanSteel and Frigidaire with Silver Mist.

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Let's compare stainless steel to CleanSteel and Silver Mist.

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Topics: Stainless Steel Kitchen Appliance Packages

Which Stainless Steel Appliances Hide Fingerprints Better? (Reviews/Ratings)

by William Hanley

Stainless steel has been the finish of choice in appliances for several years because it offers a high end look. It will also match your cabinets and backsplash.

Stainless is the most hygienic as well, which is the reason you see it in commercial and restaurant kitchens. Germs cannot proliferate on the solid surface of stainless unlike porcelain and other finishes. Thus, stainless is a cleaner surface and the code commercially.

However it is harder to keep looking clean, especially from fingerprints.

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Topics: Stainless Steel Kitchen Appliance Packages

Best Built-In Kitchen Appliance Packages (Reviews/Ratings/Prices)

by Steve Sheinkopf

For some reason, you are probably thinking buying built-in ovens and cooktops is difficult.

It's actually pretty easy. Think about a normal stove. Cut the oven out and that essentially is a wall oven. The top becomes the cooktop.

Maybe I am oversimplifying, but I will show you how to buy both and the best products to consider for built-in appliances.

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Topics: Stainless Steel Kitchen Appliance Packages

Best Bosch Stainless Kitchen Appliance Packages: Reviews/Ratings/Prices

by Steve Sheinkopf

As we discuss in our Appliance Buying Guide, rebates are a huge part of buying appliances intelligently. Usually they are available during holiday weekends. June is generally not a good rebate month, but Bosch has started with very strong promotions on kitchen appliance packages of 15-30%

They will also be debuting their new Benchmark series of products with some introductory rebates.

For Packages to all brands, click here

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Topics: Bosch, Stainless Steel Kitchen Appliance Packages

What Are The Best Appliance Brands? (Reviews/Ratings)

by Jessica Petrino

Nearly every day on the sales floor I get the question “if you were purchasing appliances for your kitchen which brand would you choose?”

My answer varies depending on the customer to push the point that there are great brands at every price point. My kitchen at home has products from several manufacturers; Sub-Zero refrigerator, Thermador and Gaggenau cooking products, Bosch dishwasher, and a Sharp microwave.

Although brand mixing is not always the most cost effective option for many customers I explain that there are great products out there for every customer at a wide variety of prices.

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Topics: Stainless Steel Kitchen Appliance Packages

Jenn-Air Package Price Increases Effective Jan 1, 2014

by Steve Sheinkopf

Jenn-Air was a small specialty dealer specializing in slide-ins and downdrafts when Maytag purchased the brand in the 1990s. Maytag was bought by Whirlpool about 10 years ago and Jenn-Air was redesigned for the luxury as well as the affordable luxury market.

Part of their strategy was new compelling products such as their wall oven and professional range. However, the other part was rebates as well as free products like dishwashers and hoods as part of packages in order to capture market share.

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Topics: Jenn-Air, Stainless Steel Kitchen Appliance Packages

Best Electrolux vs Bosch vs JennAir Kitchen Appliance Packages

by Steve Sheinkopf

Electrolux, Jenn-Air and Bosch are all giant multi-national companies who seem to gravitate to the affordable luxury segment of the market. That niche would be under Sub-Zero and Thermador, but over GE and Whirlpool.

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Topics: Jenn-Air, Bosch, Electrolux, Stainless Steel Kitchen Appliance Packages

Best Stainless Steel Kitchen Package Deals (Prices)

by Chris Tavares

Over the last few years, buying a kitchen of appliances has really changed. Before 2006 you bought the best pieces for your particular needs or application. After 2007, most manufacturers introduced package rebates. So it became your best interest to buy the same company for better prices than single pieces from different companies.

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Topics: Stainless Steel Kitchen Appliance Packages

JennAir vs GE Cafe Stainless Kitchen Packages (Reviews/Ratings/Prices)

by William Hanley

Every month at Yale we offer 4-piece appliance packages that include a refrigerator, a range, an over-the-range microwave and a dishwasher. The pricing on these packages reflect all mail-in rebates and discounts offered for purchasing all of these together. Our recommendation list really intersects overall product preference plus value of rebates. In other words, if the $600 dishwasher is good, the same dishwasher at $450 is better.

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Topics: Jenn-Air, GE Cafe, Stainless Steel Kitchen Appliance Packages

Viking D3 vs GE Cafe Appliance Packages in Boston: Reviews/Ratings

by Danny Nguyen

Viking D3 vs GE Cafe is an interesting comparison of two of the best affordable luxury brands. Normally these two companies would not even compete, but Viking relaunched their Designer Series as D3 with better features at lower priices. But which is better?

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Topics: Viking, GE Cafe, Stainless Steel Kitchen Appliance Packages

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